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When a tropical storm, or hurricane develops, it is assigned a name by the National Hurricane Center This is so that these particular systems can be identified and explained easily to the people who may be affected by them during the course of a hurricane season.

The naming of tropical storms and hurricanes began in 1953 when the National Weather Service gave the storms female names. Then in 1979, to go along with the times, the National Hurricane Center began to issue both male and female names. They used a rotating list of storm names over a six year cycle, and then recycle the list every six years unless, a storm or hurricane name is retired. When you're done, you can check out the Atlantic storm names.





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Adrian Aletta Alvin Amanda Andres Agatha
Beatriz Bud Barbara Boris Blanca Blas
Calvin Carlotta Cosme Cristina Carlos Celia
Dora Daniel Dalilla Douglas Dolores Darby
Eugene Emilia Erick Elida Enrique Estelle
Fernanda Fabio Flossie Fausto Felicia Frank
Greg Gilma Gil Genevieve Guillermo Georgette
Hilary Hector Henriette Hernan Hilda Howard
Irwin Ileana Ivo Iselle Ignacio Isis
Jova John Juliette Julio Jimena Javier
Kenneth Kristy Kiko Karina Kevin Kay
Lidia Lane Lorena Lowell Linda Lester
Max Miriam Mario Marie Marty Madeline
Norma Norman Narda Norbert Nora Newton
Otis Olivia Octave Odalys Olaf Orlene
Pilar Paul Priscilla Polo Pamela Paine
Ramon Rosa Raymond Rachel Rick Roslyn
Selma Sergio Sonia Simon Sandra Seymour
Todd Tara Tico Trudy Terry Tina
Veronica Vicente Velma Vance Vivian Virgil
Wiley Willa Wallis Winnie Waldo Winifried
Xina Xavier Xina Xavier Xina Xavier
York Yolanda York Yolanda York Yolanda
Zelda Zeke Zelda Zeke Zelda Zeke

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Whenever, there is a devastating hurricane (usually one that is a major hurricane, and has caused significant damage) in any portion of the Eastern Pacific Basin, that hurricane's name is retired from the list for at least ten years, and probably forever so that future names are not confused with it. This helps a great deal with insurance claims, and legal issues surrounding the storm's impact. Below is a list of all retired names to date.

  • Adele--1970
  • Adolph--2001
  • Alma--2008
  • Fefa--1991
  • Fico--1978
  • Hazel--1965
  • Iva--1988
  • Knut--1987
  • Ismael--1995
  • Israel--2001
  • Kenna--2002
  • Manuel--2013
  • Odile--2014
  • Patricia--2015
  • Pauline--1997
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